This one is a poem

On this, my last post before Valentine’s Day, I wrote you a poem…

I know it’s a little hard to read, especially that last line, so here it is all typed out…

If I loved you, I would tell you this.

I am an emotional creature,
running with scissors
after dark,
attempting
self-help
during
cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness.

You are
the history of love,
wild
varieties of disturbance,
the feast of love,
a map of the world,
a good hard look,
the chronology of water,
a whack on the side of the head.

And…
no one belongs here more than you.

xo

 

66 Comments

  1. Pam on February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I love it!

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Yay!

    • Pam Carlson on February 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Eyeing the bookshelves after I finished my spree of arranging book sentences, I saw one of Mark’s with the title: My Girlhood Among Outlaws. Now I want to start again! Ha!

  2. justagoobergirl on February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Nice, perfectly poetic.

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you. Love seems to be a theme in my reading material.

  3. jillsalahub on February 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

    This is s o c o o l…

    I am so destroying my bookshelves to write poems when I have the time!

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Take pictures! I should do a post of all our book poems. šŸ™‚

  4. Joanne Marie Firth on February 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, I saw what you did there. Simply amazing! Loved it.

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Joanne.

  5. rita on February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my word. THIS just makes me love you more. xo

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      xo

  6. Tall Pajama Man on February 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Don’t know what I love more… The poem itself, or Tue ingenious way you put it together. (either way, I love the author šŸ™‚ )

    • Tall Pajama Man on February 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Sorry, autocorrect got me… Should have been “the” ingenious way…

      The love still stands šŸ™‚

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I can fix that if you want me too, but I like “the love still stands.” xo

  7. Julia Fehrenbacher on February 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Ditto what Tall Pajama Man (damn, I love that name), said. You’re brilliant, J.

    Adoring you,

    Julia

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Awww. I was out of my own words today. xo

  8. Kathleen on February 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Fantastic! You are so creative, J. Love it.

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks, K. xo

  9. Kellie J. Walker (@YourLifeInGear) on February 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Perfect!

  10. Estrella Azul on February 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The little button at the end of the post only let me “like” this… However… I LOVE this poem, j!!! And you, of course <3

    PS: you're so funny "this one is a poem" šŸ˜‰

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I’m nothing if not clear on this whole poetry question. Thank you for the kind words! xo

  11. C. Fassett on February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    DELIGHTFUL creature, is what you are šŸ™‚

    This beholder is gonna say it — Wow! Now THAT’s ART!

    I love this awesome poem!

    You are simply too cool for words <3

  12. j on February 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I like getting called cool. Makes me strut for a little while each time it happens. Thank you, Cindy!

  13. Christie on February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This is delicious – that’s how it makes me feel…like I just ingested something that made my body go “oooh, that felt good”. I was giggling with delight!

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Best reaction EVER! xox

  14. NM (@echo90803) on February 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Too cool for school you are, adorable one. What a creative way to use words when you thought you were out of your own…big cheesecake hugs.

    N.

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you, Nancy. I woke up tender after a difficult Wednesday. I needed something fun to focus on. Like books. And love. šŸ™‚

  15. June O'Reilly on February 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    your poem
    like you
    expresses
    wonder
    in different ways
    your cape a flying
    your badassery waving
    courage
    in the stream
    smiling from your soul
    inspiring everywhere you go
    grateful I am
    to have found
    you !

    cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness. <- love this must find it

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I know! GREAT title. It is on my dangerously high and teetering to-be-read pile, but it may well be next. Thank you for this lovely response. I’m blushing. xo

  16. jb on February 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    So cool!!! šŸ™‚
    Happy Love Day!

    • j on February 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you! xo

  17. Taoist Soul on February 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love you more! šŸ˜€ (big smile!) <3

    • j on February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Awww! Big smile, back!

  18. […] a horse of a different color. I was really impressed and inspired by Judy Clement Wall’s post This One is a Poem on her blog Zebra Sounds. She wrote a really lovely poem composed almost entirely of book titles. […]

  19. Oh My Words! on February 10, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I love love LOVE your poem and this fantastic idea! In fact, I ran immediately to my bookshelves to do the same thing. It was a lot more difficult than I thought, and I like your result better, but man–so fun!
    Thanks so much–the creativity boost really saved my writing week!

    • Pam on February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Wonderful!

  20. j on February 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Silly you. Yours is amazing. I read it and thought, “Damn! I should have used The Awakening.” šŸ˜‰ Seriously, everyone should go look at yours because it’s SO cool.

    Thanks for playing with me! xo

  21. Michael on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Gosh, I hate to be contentious (who am I kidding – I kind of love being contentious) – this is not only a poem, but an art installation too. Poetry as art installation. You finally admit to writing a poem and already you’ve extended beyond it. You over-achiever, you. šŸ™‚

    Also, it’s an amazing poem. <3

    • j on February 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Ha! *basks in your praise* xo

  22. terrepruitt on February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    SHINY!!! That is so awesome. Thank you for writing it out for us because while I love the idea of book poetry—and it makes it that much more beautiful because it is ALL kinds of ART—it was difficult for me to read. I kept getting distracted by names.

    I love this. This is so cool. This is -to me-without question BADASSERY!

    • j on February 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Why, thank you! And yes, it’s cooler in the photo, but easier to read in typed up version.

  23. Darla Hitchcock on February 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Sooooooo sweet!

    • j on February 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Darla!

      • anthony adams on July 10, 2013 at 7:53 am

        wow that is so judy at least as i remember you just wow

  24. Marcie on February 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This is so clever and creative. Love how you’ve conceived this..and put it together. Very inspiring!

    • j on February 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      And did you notice that I picked a pretty background for the picture? I’m learning. šŸ™‚

  25. Nina on February 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    So clever! I love it!

    • j on February 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you. It was really fun. I highly recommend it.

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  27. hutch1957 on February 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Awesome, great thinking

    • j on February 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you! (And hello. It’s been a while. It’s nice to see you again.)

  28. Laura Rae Amos on February 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Very clever! It turned out really lovely! šŸ™‚

    • j on February 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you!

  29. Lisa on March 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    That was so lovely and perfect. šŸ™‚

    • j on March 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

      LISA! I miss you. (And thank you.)

      • Lisa on March 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        I miss you too. I’m getting back in the swing fo things though at the new space. Girl! It’s amazing how most of these books is a book I’ve been interested in reading.

    • j on March 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      New space? Make sure I know when it’s visitable. xox

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  31. Angie on May 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I loved this so much that my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are working in small groups this week to make their own book title poems…thanks for the inspiration!

    • j on May 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Yay! That just made my day!

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